Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Idiocy in education

You HAVE to read the article linked below.  It will
make you laugh and/or make you scream..... it might
even make you cuss. But thats okay, at least
according to the article. At least its okay if you
dont cuss too much. Now dont get me wrong..... I dont
get too bent out of shape when people cuss. There are
many more things in the world to get bent out of shape
about that actually matter. But..... well..... you
have to read the article.


(If the link is dead, I copied the article at the end of this post.
Its a bit long, but worth the time)

Okay..... is this not one of the goofiest things you
haver ever heard of????? Too many f-bombs and the
students will be "spoken to"???? But.... only if they
exceed their allotment of 5 per student per class
period. And the teacher has to keep track of each
students f-bomb usage in class every day. IN EVERY
CLASS!!!!! ON THE CHALKBOARD!!! When exactly are
they supposed to TEACH???? I am sorry.... I am
really trying to learn to live without judgement....
but who are the IDIOTS who came up with this

Okay.... back to normal. Just needed to get that off
my chest.


U.K. school tailors policy to foul mouths
Students can use 'f-word' up to 5 times per lesson
Updated: 3:32 p.m. ET Aug. 30, 2005
As children throughout the country head back to school,
many of them are probably muttering a few choice words
about the prospect of returning to the classroom and the
expected onslaught of homework. But can they utter those
choice words and swear at their teachers? If they’re
heading back to school in one town in England, then yes,
they can.
According to a report in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, one school
in the town of Wellingborough is allowing pupils to swear
at teachers, providing they only do so no more than five
times in a class. A tally of how many times the f-word is
used will be kept and if the class exceeds the limit, they
will be "spoken" to, the newspaper reported.

The school believes the policy will improve behavior, but
parents and parliamentary members have condemned
the rule and warned it would backfire.

According to the Daily Mail, assistant headmaster Richard
White said the policy was aimed at 15- and 16-year-olds in
two classes which are considered troublesome.
"Within each lesson the teacher will initially tolerate
(although not condone) the use of the f-word (or derivatives)
five times and these will be tallied on the board so all students
can see the running score," the Daily Mail quoted White as
writing in a letter. "Over this number the class will be spoken
to by the teacher at the end of the lesson."

According to the report, headmaster Alan Large said he had
received no complaints about the policy. But Conservative
member of parliament Ann Widdecombe said the policy was
based on "Alice in Wonderland reasoning," the Daily Mail
reported. "What next? Do we allow people to speed five times
or burgle five times? You don't improve something by allowing
it, you improve something by discouraging it," Widdecombe
was quoted as saying. The newspaper also reported that the
1,130-pupil school plans to send "praise postcards" to the
parents of children who do not swear and who turn up on time
for lessons.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Blue Like Jazz

I wish someone would pay me to do this. I think of stuff almost every day that I would like to write, and then, by the time I get home and find time, I am too tired or cant recall my prior profundity. And after all, that's what this is all about..... being profound. Right??? Jussssssst kidding. I did start a new book tonight. I had been hearing people talk about it, so I plucked it off the shelf at Barnes and Noble while I had a cup of coffee. Blue Like Jazz. Honestly, I was a bit annoyed initially with the guy's writing style. Then I flipped forward a few chapters, and sort of got hooked. I almost bought the book, but didn't want to pay their high price, so I will check the library, or Overstock.com. I know, I know..... Christians aren't supposed to use that company because of their "suggestive" advertising. Sorry.... they are the best deal out their on books. Annnnnnyway, I found myself laughing out loud at some of this guys stories. I actually had to get up and move to a cluster of chairs where no one was sitting, so I wouldn't disturb anyone.

Well, this isn't my deepest post, but at least I am writing. Its probably representative of where I am right now, though. This is one of the more unexpected legs of my journey with God. And I trust He will bring me through it just a little more like Jesus.